Thanks to everyone for their input. I took your advice and got references from friends, co workers a past landlord and even my supervisor. I also had my girlfriend do the same. I also used a realtor (thanks again Laura) from here to help with the search. I got pro active and did some of my own shopping and was surprised by how many private owners and companies were renting out their properties. I was fortunate to find an amazing house that's only thirteen years old with all the trimmings. Great advice people and thanks again!... more
All commissions are negotiable. I think you should interview a few realtors and see what they have to offer and who you feel you will be most comfortable working with over the next 6 months. Rather than select a listing agent based on just the lowest fee you might want to consider selecting an agent with the best marketing plan of action, guaranteed advertising, web presence & experience. An agent that does more than just give you a discounted rate, list you and forget you may actually get your home sold faster and for more money. My experience in life has been you get what you pay for... more
Doubtful, the seller's concession terms are negotiated and likely are for closing costs, perhaps also escrows and prepaids if you thought to put that language in there, and it is generally "up to" for specified expenses. I recently had a closing where the agreed to inspection credit had to be "expressed" as part of a the seller's concession on the hud, but it was an agreed upon negotiated inspection point between seller and buyer - so the real question is this, has the seller agreed to cover the cost of that oil? If he had then how that is expressed in the closing paperwork is something for your attorney/closer to address. If not, then it sounds like a debit on your side and a credit on the sellers.
Good luck to you,
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